JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT Nov 22 63,98,165 doses Nov 23 68,35,617 doses TOTAL DOSES 1,18,35,73,646 NATIONWIDE NOV 22 NOV 23 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths KARNATAKA NOV 22 NOV 23 178 224 373 379 2 5 ‘VULNERABLE GROUPS NEED BOOSTER DOSE’ The World Health Organization’s Europe office said its projections showed the 53-country region could top 2 mn Covid deaths in total 7,579 12,202 236 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths BENGALURU WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 24, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 20 LATE CITY EDITION W.H.O. WARNS OF 7 LAKH COVID DEATHS IN EUROPE BY SPRING 8,488 12,510 249 DELTA VARIANT A BIG RISK TO THE REGION WHO Europe, based in Copenhagen, also cited the growing evidence of a decline in protection against infection through vaccines. It said a ‘booster dose’ should be given as a priority to the most vulnerable populations. This, however, is at variance with the Geneva-based parent organisation’s position that boosters must be put off to free up jabs for poorer nations ■ Three factors driving the increase are the highly transmissible delta variant of the virus, an easing of restrictive measures like requirements for mask-wearing and physical distancing in places, and large swaths of the European population that remain unvaccinated, WHO Europe said | P16 1.5 million CUMULATIVE COVID DEATHS REPORTED IN THE REGION; 4,200 FATALITIES PER DAY CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI 26 new legislative proposals and 3 old ones lined up for the upcoming winter session of Lok Sabha Bill to amend ST list in UP before polls M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi THE BJP’s social engineering for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections appears to be taking shape, with the government listing a legislative proposal to amend the list of Scheduled Tribes (STs) for the poll-bound state in the upcoming winter session of Parliament. A similar bill to amend the list of STs in Tripura, where the BJP is facing heat from the Trinamool Congress, is part of the proposed legislative business. In all, 26 new bills and three others that had already been introduced, have been lined up for the forthcoming session. The bulletin released by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday also listed a bill to repeal the three contentious farm laws that were enacted by Parliament last year. While Parliament had earlier this year amended the list of SCs in Tamil Nadu following a recommendation from the state government, a senior minister in the UP Cabinet said the state administration hasn’t yet forwarded any such proposal. He, however, added that Parliament on its own can amend the list of STs in the state to address long pending demands of certain communities. As for Tamil Nadu, Parliament had classified certain castes in the SC category ahead of the Assembly elections in the state. Legal axe to fall on most private cryptocurrencies While Sonabhadra and its adjoining districts of UP have tribal concentrations, there has been a growing demand for the inclusion of fisherfolk in the state in the list of STs. The fishermen community is electorally influential. A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi “The Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) OrTHE Centre plans to bring a der (Amendment) Bill, 2021” seeks bill in the forthcoming winter to amend the list of STs pertainsession of Parliament to proing to UP A parallel one for Tripu. hibit all private cryptocurrenra has been listed in the agenda cies in the country of the official busibut with certain ness for introduction, Indian Maritime exceptions. consideration and Fisheries Bill According to the passing in the Lok Parliamentary bulSabha. An Indian Maritime letin detailing the The BJP’s poll manFisheries Bill, which legislative busitra in UP incidentally , , proposes sustainable ness for the Lok for the 2014 and 2019 development of Sabha, the CryptoLok Sabha elections fisheries in India’s currency and Regand the 2017 Assemexclusive economic ulation of Official bly polls had been the zones and responsible Digital Currency consolidation of the harnessing of fisheries Bill, 2021 seeks to n o n - Ya d av o t h e r in high seas has also “create a facilitabackward classes been listed tive framework for (OBCs), with focus on creation of the ofthe most and extremeficial digital currency to be isly backward castes, which were sued by the Reserve Bank of previously supporting the BSP . India”. With the rival Samajwadi Party While the bill seeks to promaking attempts to stitch a larger hibit all private cryptocurrenpre-poll alliance with smaller parcies in the country, “it allows ties that have distinct caste idenfor certain exceptions to protities, the BJP is trying hard to mote the underlying technoloplay catch-up, knowing full well gy of cryptocurrency and its that multiple caste groups in UP uses”. Notably the bill does not , have the numbers to change the electoral outcome. use the word ‘ban’. According to sources, a 3-6 month exit period could be offered before preventing the trading, mining and issuing of cryptos so that existing investors have the opportunity to exit after declaring their investment for the purpose of taxation. The Centre had planned to introduce the Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2021 in Parliament in the past two sessions, but dropped it due to strong opposition from the Reserve Bank of India, investigative agencies and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, which sought a complete ban on cryptos alleging such digital money is used to fund terrorism etc. Currently there is no regula, tion or ban on the use of cryptocurrencies in the country Ear. lier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had held a meeting on cryptocurrencies with senior officials, dropping hints that strong regulatory steps would be taken to deal with the issue. INDIA, US TO OPEN UP STRATEGIC RESERVES TO BRING DOWN OIL PRICE E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi IN a coordinated move led by the US, India will release about 5 million barrels of crude oil from its emergency stockpile to bring down the oil prices in the global market. According to sources, the stocks will be released over the next 7-10 days. “We are working on releasing stocks from our strategic reserves in coordination with other nations,” said an official in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. A White House release earlier in the day said the US would release 50 million barrels of oil from its strategic reserve to bring down energy costs, in coordina- tion with India, China, Japan, South Korea and the UK. The US Department of Energy will release the reserve in two ways — 32 million barrels in the next few months and 18 barrels as part of a sale of oil that Congress had previously authorised, the White House said. 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We have signed 10,000 societies till now and the objective would be to aggressively grow and reach 1 lakh societies in the next two years,” said Amit Agarwal, who is also the CEO of NoBroker.com. cording to US investment bank Goldman Sachs, it may hit $90 per barrel by the end of this year. India is the world’s third-largest oil consumer and importing nation. It has a store of 5.33 million tonnes or about 38 million barrels of crude oil in underground caverns at three locations on the east and west coasts. It includes 1.33 million tonnes of storage at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, 1.5 million tonnes at Mangaluru and 2.5 million tonnes at Padur (both in Karnataka). The stock, as per reports, will be sold to refineries of Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, which are connected by pipeline to the strategic reserves. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai during a visit to an apartment complex in Yelahanka, which was flooded after heavy rain, in Bengaluru on Tuesday | EXPRESS PM assesses rain situation in state, assures CM of help E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (Tuesday) called Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to take stock of the situation due to heavy rain and floods in Karnataka. The chief minister explained the extent of loss of human lives, damage to crops and public property to the PM. - Chief Minister’s Office ‘Need more compensation’ Javed Akhtar with Mamata Banerjee | PTI MAMATA EXPANDING FOOTPRINT West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee made some minor acquisitions during her latest trip to Delhi, inducting disgruntled elements from the Congress to expand the national footprint of her Trinamool Congress ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Sources said her party is in touch with leaders from across the Opposition | P9 The Karnataka Agriculture Price Commission has asked the State to recommend to the Centre for an increase in crop loss compensation to at least D50,000 per hectare PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took stock of the situation in Karnataka, including Bengaluru, after heavy rain lashed the state over the last few days. He assured the s t at e g ove r n m e n t o f a l l assistance. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (Tuesday) called Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to take stock of the situation due to heavy rain and floods in Karnataka. The chief minister explained the extent of loss of human lives, damage to crops and public property to the Prime Minister,” the CM’s Office stated. The PM expressed his deep concern over the crop loss and loss of lives and assured the state of all necessary coopera- tion and assistance, the Chief Minister’s Office stated. Bommai on Tuesday visited several areas in Bengaluru that were flooded due to heavy rain. On Monday, he was in Kolar and Bengaluru Rural districts to get first-hand information about the damage caused to standing crops. It is estimated that across the state, crops in over 5 lakh hectares of land have been damaged. The government has directed officials to immediately start the survey work to assess the damage and provide compensation without delay . Another statement by the Chief Minister’s Office said Union Home Minister Amit Shah too spoke to Bommai over phone to get information on the flood situation and relief works.
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